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Only one in ten Americans meets the recommendations for consumption of fruits and vegetabless, which has health implications, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC shares that consumption of fruits and vegetables can support immune function and prevent chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and some types of cancer; having some of these conditions can predispose people to more severe illness and death from COVID-19.
Adults should consume the equivalent of 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables each day.
Hispanics the largest consumers of fruit
According to CDC data, Hispanics are the largest consumers of fruit with 16.4% of the recommended intake. Compliance with vegetable intake recommendations was highest among adults older than 51 years (12.5%) and lowest among low-income adults.
For the recent report on fruit and vegetable consumption of the adult population in the United States, the CDC used the most recent data from the Risk Factor Surveillance System from 2019.
The consumption of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases
A study published in the journal Circulation of the American Heart Association reveals that participants who consumed five servings of fruits and vegetables per day had a 12% lower risk of death from cardiovascular diseaseincluding heart disease and stroke; 10% lower risk of death from cancer; and a 35% lower risk of death from respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The variety of vegetables and fruits is as important as the quantity
“No single fruit or vegetable provides all the nutrients you need to be healthy,” shares the Harvard School of Public Health.
Analysis shared in the journal Circulation found that starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, as well as fruit juices are not associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes or specific chronic diseases.
Harvard points out that potatoes or potatoes are not recommended due to their negative effect on blood sugar.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.